Samuel Irving “Si” Newhouse who, with his brother Donald, owned media giant Advance Publications, has died.
Newhouse passed away today at age 89 after a long illness, reports Vogue, one of a collection of Condé Nast publications owned by Advance.
“Today, we lost a giant,” said Bob Sauerberg, President and CEO, Condé Nast. “Si embodied creativity, curiosity and a commitment to excellence unlike any other, and he will forever be remembered as the man who built the most influential media empire in the world. We are honored to work in this incredible business he created, and will strive to emulate his courage and wisdom.”
Si Newhouse ran the Condé Nast division for more than 40 years before taking on the role of chairman emeritus in 2015. He was among the leading forces to usher in the golden age of publishing, launching and acquiring a constellation of acclaimed titles that included the New Yorker, Gourmet, Architectural Digest, Bon Appétit and Wired. In many ways, Condé Nast was run like a Hollywood studio, with Town Cars parked outside its Madison Ave., Times Square, and to a much lesser degree, WTC offices, Four Season lunches and extravagant T&E budgets. He also hired CEO Steve Florio, and with editorial director Alexander Liberman and later James Truman, they hired many star editors, including Vogue’s Anna Wintour, New Yorker’s David Remnick, Vanity Fair’s Tina Brown and then Graydon Carter, GQ’s Art Cooper, Gourmet’s Ruth Reichl, to name just a few.
“Si Newhouse was the most extraordinary leader,” wrote Anna Wintour, Condé Nast artistic director and editor in chief of Vogue. “Wherever he led, I followed, unquestioningly, simply because he put as much faith in me as I had in him.”
In his remembrance, New Yorker editor David Remnick wrote, “Si Newhouse was generous in more than material ways. His forbearances were as thoughtful as his actions.”
GQ’s headline for its remembrance puts it simply, “Si Newhouse made the…